Focus prosody in Cantonese and Teochew noun phrases

Yu Yin Hsu (Corresponding Author), Anqi Xu, Hang Ngai

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We report production data on the prosodic realization of two types of foci (constituent wh-answers, and constituent correction) of two Chinese languages that are very different from Mandarin: Hong Kong Cantonese and Teochew (a variety of Southern Min dialect spoken in Jieyang, Guangdong China). The results indicated that unlike what was reported about focus prosody at the sentential level in Cantonese, on-focus lengthening was observed with wh focus data but nothing about on-focus intensity. F0 cues were not obvious but some tendency of post-focal compression was found in F0 velocity. The Teochew data instead showed no significant acoustic distinction across different types of information structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)961-965
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on Speech Prosody
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Event9th International Conference on Speech Prosody, SP 2018 - Poznan, Poland
Duration: 13 Jun 201816 Jun 2018


  • Cantonese
  • Complex nominal
  • Focus
  • Teochew

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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